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EPI Launching ‘Virtual Production Lab’ Workshop

In association with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the online training program for professional filmmakers offers practical training in virtual production; applications are now open – deadline for submission is January 31, 2022.

The Erich Pommer Institut (EPI) in cooperation with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF will host the Virtual Production Lab for the first time from March 14-18, 2022. The workshop is Europe's first professional training for filmmakers in the field of virtual production. Applications are now being accepted – submission deadline is January 31, 2022.

The Lab teaches core skills in the field of virtual production through practical training. This revolutionary way of filming is a development of the well-known rear projection: it combines real footage with VFX elements using LED displays in the background and requires completely new processes in collaboration. Participants will be able to try out their newly acquired skills at HALOSTAGE in Studio Babelsberg, one of the leading virtual studios in Europe. National and international experts from the field as well as lecturers from the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF will share their knowledge during the training. Netflix, ZDF, and Studio Babelsberg are supporting the Virtual Production Lab as partners.

“In the spirit of our eponym Erich Pommer, who stood for innovative production techniques already 100 years ago, we are proud to give an insight into this revolutionary production technique with this workshop led by top industry experts,” commented EPI managing director Philipp Künstle. “This will enable participants to decide, whether virtual production is the right option for their next project."

Prof. Dr. Susanne Stürmer, President of Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, emphasizes the cooperation between both organizations.

“Together with EPI, we see an urgent need for professional training in the field of virtual production, which we are meeting with the Lab,” noted Stürmer. “Virtual Production is already taught at the Film University, and we are happy to be able to support this innovative project with our teaching staff.”

Applications for the Virtual Production Lab are now open through January 31, 2022 – apply here.

Source: Erich Pommer Institut